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A defense of the whole-brain concept of death.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9589289     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The concept of whole-brain death is under attack again. Scholars are arguing that the concept of brain death per se--regardless of the focus on "higher," "stem" or "whole"--is fundamentally flawed. These scholars have identified what they believe are serious discrepancies between the definition and criterion of brain death, and have pointed out that medical professionals and lay persons remain confused about its meaning. Yet whole-brain death remains the standard for determining death in much of the Western world and its defenders believe this concept best maps onto our everyday conception of death.
J L Bernat
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Hastings Center report     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0093-0334     ISO Abbreviation:  Hastings Cent Rep     Publication Date:    1998 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-07-30     Completed Date:  1998-07-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410447     Medline TA:  Hastings Cent Rep     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  14-23     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Program in Clinical Ethics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Death*
Brain Death* / diagnosis,  physiopathology
Brain Stem / physiopathology
Cerebral Cortex / physiopathology
Ethics, Medical*
Public Policy
Tissue and Organ Procurement
Comment In:
Hastings Cent Rep. 1999 Jan-Feb;29(1):4; author reply 5   [PMID:  10052001 ]
Hastings Cent Rep. 1999 Jan-Feb;29(1):4; author reply 5   [PMID:  10052000 ]
Hastings Cent Rep. 1999 Jan-Feb;29(1):4; author reply 5   [PMID:  10052002 ]

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